Thieves target charity shops in Kirkcaldy

STAFF are calling for tighter security measures after a string of charity shops were robbed in Kirkcaldy.

Charity boxes and clothes have been stolen from shops in the town’s High Street.

One of the shops which has been badly hit is the DebRA store – which supports families affected by rare genetic skin condition Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB).

The shop has been targeted on many occasions and in the most recent case a collection box was stolen.

Michelle Carr, manager of the shop, said: “We are trying to struggle on – particularly in this difficult financial climate – but this is killing us.

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Giraffes march down Edinburgh street for charity

A PARADE of giraffes took to the streets of Edinburgh yesterday (Thur) to celebrate local businesses and raise money for charity.

The 5ft figures were decorated in a range of different colours and styles to represent the 40 businesses in Stockbridge taking part.

Comedian Craig Hill launched the event which saw the giraffes marching with a little help from their owners.

They ranged from GI Giraffe – a giraffe decorated in army paint to represent Edinburgh City Boot Camps to Queen Elizabeth- and the regal giraffe decorated with a collar, pearls and a crown for The Bead Shop. Continue reading

Tobin hoaxer torments Vicky’s family on Facebook

A VILE hoaxer pretending to be serial killer Peter Tobin has posted a message on a Facebook site dedicated to getting justice for his victims.

The message was posted yesterday (Wed) on the V.D.A Petition page, named after Tobin’s confirmed victims, Vicky Hamilton, Dinah McNicol and Angelika Kluk.

The hoaxer, who has also set up a Peter Tobin page on Facebook, wrote that he was: “Living life in Saughton.”

Michael Hamilton, father of Vicky, branded the message as “sick” and said he hoped police would try to track down the hoaxer as a warning to others.

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Oil leak starts fire in Fife power station

MULTIPLE emergency service crews attended a fire in a Scottish Power station which was believed to have been started by an oil leak.

Longannet coal power station – about two miles from Kincardine in Fife – caused serious concern after a fire broke out in the main turbine hall.

Emergency services were called at 11.31am yesterday to deal with the blaze.

Derek McRoberts, a lorry driver for Gogar Logistics, said: “I was leaving the power station when it happened but I saw a lot of smoke and the fire alarms were going off and then when I was coming back I saw a few fire engines about.

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A pensioner chases yobs, dies twice and survives

A PENSIONER is recovering in hospital after he “died twice” following his brave pursuit of couple of troublesome teenagers from his home.

The 65 year-old, David Alexander showed no fear with his reaction to chase the teenagers who had thrown vegetable missiles at his home in West Lothian.

Mr Alexander suffered a heart attack and collapsed on his home street, Honeyman Court, in Armadale, West Lothian while running after the two boys who had launched peppers at his windows on Sunday evening.

Paramedics saved the man from death twice during treatment he received at the scene.  Mr Alexander was then taken to St John’s Hospital where he remains in a serious but stable condition.

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Police appeal for witnesses after second Livingston sex attack in a week

A 27-YEAR-OLD woman was sexually assaulted as she walked down a public footpath in Livingston yesterday (Wed) evening.

The victim was on the footpath between Cedarbank and Cloverbank in the Ladywell area at around 5.15pm when she was attacked by a man in his mid-20s.

He was described as being around 26-years-old, between 5ft 7 – 5ft 8ins tall and of slim build, with short fair or light brown hair and was wearing a dark baseball cap with yellow writing.

The man was clean-shaven and was wearing dark jeans with a dark long-sleeved top and a dark coloured waterproof jacket. Continue reading

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